Reasons to Move to Denver

Finding the right place to make your home is not a very easy thing to do for a lot of people. Although there are some who stay in one place their whole lives, there are some who relocate several times before they find the place they want to permanently live in.

For those who are looking for a place to move to, liveability is a very important factor. Every year, many places in the United States are listed as top relocation destinations. These places often offer a lot of great things that make them excellent places to live in. Among one of the fastest growing state is Colorado. Denver is just one of the usual destinations of those moving to Colorado. Looking for the place you’d call home? Here are some of the reasons why you should consider moving to Denver:

  • Fast economic growth. You wouldn’t want to live in a place that has a stagnant economy or worse, a declining one. Colorado has among the highest GDCP in the US. Denver is experiencing a construction boost right now, with new skyscrapers, residential homes, and commercial structures being built.
  • Excellent job opportunities. When looking for a place for job opportunities, do not just look at how many jobs are available, but also at the median salary of the jobs available. Denver hits both areas well – it has wide availability of jobs and the median salary is at $60,000 to $70,000.
  • Majestic sights. Among the things that Colorado is most known for is the majestic Rocky Mountains. These are looming, permanent fixtures that you will not be able to escape once you’re in Colorado. This provides lots of opportunities for mountain biking, walking, hiking, and just being closer to nature.
  • Healthy lifestyles. The 2016 America’s Health Rankings list Colorado as the tenth healthiest state in the country and together with only Michigan, experienced an average annual decrease in obesity prevalence. If you want a healthier lifestyle, it will be easy to have it in Denver. The abundance of sunshine and popularity of outdoor activities help those who live in Colorado adopt healthier lifestyles.
  • Vibrant arts, music, sports, restaurant scenes. Whether you are into arts, music, sport, or food, Denver has a lot to offer! The recent years has seen a boom in the restaurant scene, with many great places opening up. Denver supports so many professional teams – there’s definitely a lively scene no matter which sports you like to follow.
  • Ample free public parks. You will not be lacking in places to go in Denver. There are more than 4,000 acres of parks in Denver. Some of the more popular ones are the Civic Center Park, the Centennial Flower Gardens, the Skyline Park, the City Park, the Commons Park, the Washington Park, and the Bear Creek Park, among others.
  • Enjoyable weather. The Mile High City enjoys 300 days of sun! Winters do not get too cold unlike in other parts of the country and most of the time, outdoor activities are still doable.
  • Legal marijuana. If you are an advocate of the legal use of marijuana, whether for medical or recreational purposes, then Colorado is one of the states for you. In fact, there are more marijuana dispensaries in Colorado than Starbucks and McDonalds combined.
  • Close to ski areas. Because of the Rocky Mountains, skiing is an activity that you can enjoy while living in Denver. While you get to enjoy sunshine for most of the year, you also get to ski when you feel like it. The closest ski areas are just an hour away from Denver. You may also opt for fancy ski resorts like the Aspen, Vail, and Winter Park.

Family Fun in the South of France

The all important family holiday, each year this week or two away is a high point of the family calendar, although the desire to mix things up each year can grow. If you are looking to take your family somewhere slightly different to the usual holiday spots, whilst making sure everyone can take part in something active, then the sport friendly south of France may well be the perfect destination for you.

In this scenic part of the French countryside, you can try your hand at a range of sporting activities as well as more sedate excursions for those periods where all you want to do is relax. As well as catering for adults and adrenaline hungry teens, young children can feel as much at home spending a week in the beautiful and sunny southern France countryside with Grandma and Grandpa.

Camping

For many children there is very little more exciting than their first ever big camping trip, and it becomes even bigger when that trip is abroad. For parents, the option of camping in the South of France means that you can minimise the risk of a wet and windy week in the great British countryside, famed for its liquid sunshine. All the campsites in the South of France have lots of other children on site meaning that your little ones can play and make new friends. Living outdoors is exciting for any child and will be something they look fondly back on, whether it be pitching their first tent or singing around a campfire.

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Beaches

For those that prefer a relaxing getaway, rather than an action packed activity holiday with lots of running around, you can head to any of the glorious French beaches. If you’re enjoying the luxury life by staying in a stunning villa you can complement this by driving down to the beach early to find your perfect spot. It is always important to remember that you should keep everyone ‘slip, slapped and slopped’ and covered up between 11am and 3pm when the sun’s power is at it’s peak. As for activities at the beach, mum and dad can sprawl out and relax whilst kids paddle in the warm waters, with supervision. You can also try out a number of water sports, with most beaches offering water skiing and sea kayaking, there is then the all time favourite of beach volleyball with the family. Whatever you choose, the beaches can provide it all.

Sports

The French Riviera is renowned as a fantastic canoeing spot and for the sporty types it provides the place to learn. It does not matter if you have not been in a canoe before, or if you are a seasoned pro, you can take lessons or just hire a canoe for a leisurely drift down the river. Make sure you take a picnic so that you can stop off on a riverbank and treat the family to the fine French food. For those not too keen on water, horse riding is another popular activity within the region and it provides some of the more incredible views of rural southern France.

Culture

The French are famed for their culture and holidaying in the South of France will allow you to dive in and learn about it. Museums are not high on the list of favourite things to do for most children but there will be something that catches their imagination – especially in the bigger cities such as Nice. The museums all display a range of French and global artefacts from a wide period of time and there is also a large number of art galleries showcasing some of the most beautiful and important pieces within the country. With a range of classic, contemporary and international art, there truly is something for all members of the family and a bit of culture can add some educational benefit to the family holiday.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of travel companies, including South France Holiday Villas, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.

Brits love Spain

Why do Brits love Spain?

Everyone knows the phrase of ‘Brits abroad’ and all the negative connotations that come along with it, I would also suspect that when you think of typical ‘Brits abroad’ destinations various resorts, towns and cities in Spain will pop into the mind. You also have the island resorts, including Ibiza and Magaluf – that are notorious for rowdy British teenagers looking for a party. This may well be a jaded view of what British tourists in Spain are actually like but it is the stereotype for the Spanish loving Brits.

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Spain is phenomenally popular with the British, in fact it is the most visited holiday destination alongside France for them. There is a lot of appeal for a week in the sun during the summer but there is something about the Spanish way of life, countryside and culture that keeps drawing in millions of Brits year after year after year. For some it even draws them in for life, or at least enough to purchase a property in the country. So, just what is it that draws the British to Spain?

Easy to get to

The prevalence of budget airlines within Europe has aided tourism to many parts of the continent and throughout the United Kingdom there are airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair and Flybe that were founded in Britain and service every corner of the country. These airlines offer people the chance to fly to countries like Spain for next to nothing, it is often possible to find a return fair to Barcelona for under £35. That’s right, all the technology and cost involved in getting you 30,000 feet in the air and travelling at 500mph can cost less than a DVD boxset. This has opened up foreign holidays to a whole new market and it is often cheaper than staying at home for a holiday.

Then you have the EU membership. Being a part of the EU means that there are no visas to apply for and no hoops to jump through, flying from a British airport to Spain just requires a passport. Once you are within mainland Europe you can travel freely between borders of other European countries thanks to the Schengen agreement – for this you do not even have to stop at a border or show your passport, meaning a road trip throughout the Iberian Peninsula is very easy to organise.

Weather

The weather is very much the favourite topic for most Brits and there is nothing better than getting away from the cold, grey miserable drizzle that is quite often the British summertime. Spain offers summer temperatures that can rival even the warmest locations on earth along with stunning coastlines and spotless beaches. The Spanish weather and culture of enjoying the summer is a big draw for all Brits looking for a nice sunny getaway. The sun also stays out in the cooler seasons with the South of Spain still regularly seeing 20 degrees throughout the winter, making it the perfect winter sun getaway.

Affordability

It is not only flights that are cheap, thanks to the economic situation throughout Europe and the drastic weakening of the Euro currency, Spain is now more affordable then it has been in almost a decade. The weak currency means that there are savings of almost 10% year-on-year for things that have stayed the same price in Euros. This means that hard earned money goes a lot further now and makes the whole holiday more affordable once you have arrived in the country. This is also benefiting property investors who are not only saving money because of the currency but still taking advantage of low prices throughout the market.

It is clear the the British people love Spain for its weather, accessibility, affordability but more so the culture that it offers people and the chance to relax amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer for the travel industry, working alongside a selection of companies including Panorama – Marbella’s largest and longest running real estate agent, who were consulted over this post.